By Michael McNichols
For centuries Christian thinkers have wrestled with the concept that of the atonement. How the dying of Jesus might lead to the reconciling of the area to God is not any easy puzzle. but, this complicated subject is frequently seen via definite doctrinal filters that lessen the richness of the atonement into unmarried concrete, culturally dependent pictures. the recent testomony, besides the fact that, bargains a number of metaphors in describing the atoning paintings of God in Christ.
Returning to the tales of the earliest witnesses to Jesus’ lifestyles, loss of life, resurrection, and ascension—the flooring 0 of our faith—offers the chance to droop, if merely in short, our doctrinal personal tastes and step into the footwear of these who observed Jesus die and later go back to them as their resurrected Lord. In doing so, we open the potential of seeing the atonement with clean eyes, spotting the vast achieve of God’s love and studying to speak that love in new ways.
“Atonement at floor 0 is a present of the Spirit. McNichol’s inventive narrative of the reports and impressions of these who stood at floor 0 wraps itself round you, unlocking cages and drawing you into the very center of the atonement occasion. i could not positioned the booklet down. within the range of feelings, longings, and fears that form the narrative, we see ourselves, and are drawn into worship as we detect afresh that Jesus died for us.”
—Graham Buxton, writer of Dancing within the Dark
“Theories and summary doctrines invite psychological assent. they offer us anything to argue approximately. An ongoing tale invitations our participation and our formation into that tale. this is often the place Atonement at floor 0 is at is healthier, inflicting readers to unfold broad their psychological fingers to include the entire of the Jesus tale as members, now not mere thinkers.”
—Todd Hunter, writer of our favourite Sins
“With all of the present posturing and heated arguments over the character of the atonement, this ebook is a welcome reaction and balm. McNichols invitations us to discover back the depths of the move, while ably guiding us throughout the perspectives of the atonement. yet most significantly, his navigation leads us to not extra heated debate, however the skill to appreciate both sides with a renewed self belief within the atonement, and of the way we'd reside and claim it to others.”
—Jason Clark, coauthor of Church within the current Tense
“Without denying the helpfulness of theological buildings and metaphors to appreciate the atoning paintings of Christ, McNichols recollects us to the biblical narrative to rediscover the width, breadth, and intensity of an atonement that extends a long way past what anyone thought will carry. via insightful retelling and sermonic representation he is taking us again thousand years and re-members us to the unique value of what Christ has done.”
—Dennis Okholm, writer of Monk behavior for daily People
Michael McNichols served for ten years as a pastor and is now Director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s nearby Campus in Irvine, California. he's the writer of Shadow Meal: Reflections on Eucharist (2010) and The Bartender (2008).
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Atonement at Ground Zero: Revisiting the Epicenter of Salvation by Michael McNichols